Author: Annie Patel

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TV Editor 2015/16

YES By Katherine Barnes Yes, I do think fashion is important in society because it allows people to express their personality. Throughout the ages fashion has been an important part of society and culture. As the human world developed so did the practice of clothing and what people developed out of different materials to wear. From the beautiful arcs of printed silk dresses made in dynastic China, to the elaborate corseted ball gowns of eighteenth century England, what a colourful and imaginative array of designs that mankind has developed over the years! It is true that there are some stigmas…

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It was THE news story of the 90’s. The OJ Simpson trial was watched by millions of Americans when it was televised in 1994. I was too young to remember it but everyone knows the story of the former American football player. OJ ‘The Juice’ Simpson was accused and stood the trial for the killing of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Lyle Goldman. The television adaptation is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin and boasts an A-list cast: from John Travolta to Cuba Gooding…

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Brace yourselves, winter is once more upon us! Hold onto your hats and pencil in the date people, Sunday 24th April. That is when the Seven Kingdoms will grace our screens again and by the looks of the trailer, it is bound to blow our minds yet again. After last season’s jaw dropping cliff-hanger and the fact that the TV series had (sort of) caught up to the books, we have no idea what’s in store for us. After the finale, creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss announced that the story will be verging away from George R.R. Martin’s next…

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Move over Donald Trump, because the terrifying presidential candidate is back for Season 4. That’s right, Kevin Spacey has donned the suit and intimidating face as Frank Underwood once more and has returned to Netflix with 13 new episodes. Be warned though, things are about to get more serious (as if an American political drama could get more serious). All in the name of journalism, I watched all 13 episodes to write this review. Read at your own risk, it may not make sense if you haven’t seen Seasons 1 to 3: Seasons 1 to 3 dealt with Frank Underwood…

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Does anyone remember the TV series Clueless? Yeah, me neither. There’s a reason for this. It’s because it was so terrible. Nothing compared to its film predecessor. The first reason why it was such a failure was that it didn’t star Alicia Silverstone as Cher. The second was that it kept the same characters but had a different cast, apart from Stacey Dash who played Cher’s best friend Dionne. Also she was way too old to play a high school teen – she was 33 years old, and she looked it. Sorry Stacey, but it’s a pet-hate of mine when…

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Staying in on Valentine’s Day? Here’s a guide to your Valentine’s and chill. Whether you are single or in a relationship, a duvet day is probably the best way to spend Valentine’s Day rather than going outside to face the Bangor weather. Who needs to spend stupid amounts of money on consumerist gifts, when the most fun you can have includes a laptop, duvet, and copious amounts of food? So curl up with (or without) your significant other and escape the real world with these TV and film recommendations. Cheesy rom-coms are what they are: cheesy and romantic, but that…

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Written by Lizzy Dillon The highly anticipated return of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here did not disappoint. We’ve been treated to a glittering array of celebrities including Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet and everyone’s favourite Dragon, Duncan Bannatyne. Hollyoak’s Jeorgie Porter is reminiscent of 2012 contestant Helen Flanagan and Most Haunted’s Yvette Fielding has already brought a huge amount of humour to the camp but not as much as the tantrums of controversial royal biographer Lady Colin Campbell. Union J’s George Shelley is a treat for younger viewers as Suzannah Constantine, the other half of ‘Trinny and…

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Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s new sitcom creation Master of None is making waves in the sitcom genre, with its fresh outlook on race, gender and Hollywood. The plotline may seem cliché, as it follows the struggle of a twenty-something New Yorker trying to get his big acting break. However, unlike any other of its kind, the main character is Dev Shah, played by Aziz Ansari (Tom Haverford in Parks and Recreation). This sets it apart from the likes of Parks and Rec and The Big Bang Theory, which “diversifies” their show with a token Indian character. In Master of…

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Netflix seems to be on a roll with producing quality original series about Marvel characters as the new series of Marvel’s Jessica Jones debuts. Following the success of Marvel’s Daredevil earlier this year, a series was commissioned for the story of Jessica Jones, one that has never made it to mass media until now. Fans of Breaking Bad will recognise Krysten Ritter as the title character Jessica Jones, a superheroine known for her super strength, who was forced out of her superhero life and into private investigating. Like Daredevil, Jessica Jones is incredibly dark, almost film noir-like, as we are…

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia follows the antics and mishaps of a group of friend who are pretty damned horrible. Charlie, Mac, Dennis, and his twin sister Sweet Dee own and run Paddy’s Irish pub together in Philly. The workshy group spend their days drinking, complaining, and being hilarious. Season two introduces the always-funny Danny Devito. Throughout the series we see Devito’s character gradually escalate from the well-off dad of the twins, to a gutter-loving creep sharing a sofa-bed with Charlie, who is the much-abused janitor (despite technically being one of the owners). The show is full of dark laughs and…

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Season 2 of How to Get Away with Murder has a lot to live up to considering the astounding success of the first season last year. Last season, viewers were introduced to five Middleton University law students employed by the successful and stone-cold hearted Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), a defence attorney and university lecturer. Throughout the series viewers enjoyed a thrill seeking chase to uncover the murder of a fellow student on campus with “flash-forwards”, prophesying the future chaos that the five students encounter. As the finale approached, the gap between the “flash-forwards” and present closed and previously unanswered questions were…

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‘Oh no not another rip off of Breaking Bad,’ one cries when the synopsis of Netflix original series Narcos is heard. Chris Brancato’s crime series telling the story of real-life Colombian cocaine drug lord Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) may seem similar to Vince Gilligan’s phenomenon on paper, but in fact, it depicts an all-too realistic world of the war on drugs. Brazilian film-maker José Padilha seemed to be the best choice to direct considering his filmography includes powerful documentaries and success with Elite Squad at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008. Set in the 1980’s, the crime drama follows the…

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Sam Esmail’s psychological thriller Mr. Robot had already received hype before it even aired in the US in June. One could justify this with the quality of casting; Rami Malek (Night at the Museum) as Elliot Anderson and Christian Slater (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, True Romance) as Mr. Robot. The series follows Elliot Anderson as a daytime cyber security engineer and by night, he is a vigilante cyber hacker. This contrast bears an uncanny resemblance to Dexter, blood splatter analyst and serial killer, one reason for its early popularity. Not only does he struggle with social anxiety disorder and clinical…

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Ryan Murphy’s got a lot on his plate recently, with the premiere of season 5 of American Horror Story and now his new comedy-slasher series Scream Queens that feels like a mash up of Glee and American Horror Story. Just think of preppy prom girls getting a bit of blood on their designer clothes. Maybe that’s what they are all screaming about. Based on the cult film classic of the same name with Jamie Lee Curtis, she makes a not-so-surprise appearance. This will barely have you reaching for the popcorn this Halloween, only for the TV remote to change the channel. Scream…

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Peter Capaldi’s second series as the Doctor is finally back. To much surprise from fans, the whole of series 9 is made up of two-part stories, meaning in a series of 12 episodes, there are only 6 stories. This change up in the structure of Steven Moffat’s highly anticipated BBC series has given thought to how different the new series could be. In the first two-parter, named The Magicians Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, the Daleks and Davros graced our screens again in arguably the best two episodes with them since series 7, with soufflé girl Oswin Oswald. We find the…

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